Freak boating accident at Badin Lake kills Tennessee man

A Tennessee man was killed May 17 in a boating accident at Badin Lake in Stanly County.

Officials with the Stanly County EMS said the single-boat incident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. near Palmerville and Beach Roads when the boat made a quick left turn and crashed into an embankment on the shoreline.

Unconfirmed reports indicated the driver of the boat, Mark McDowell, 52, of Stanly County was hit in the face by a “flying object,” which caused him to lose control of the boat.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officers, who also investigated the accident, said passenger Barry Simmons, 48, of Tennessee, died after being thrown from the vessel, which ran aground.

McDowell suffered bumps and bruises and was taken to Stanly Regional Medical Center and later released.

EMS and Commission officers found the boat at an embankment near some railroad tracks.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Stanly County officials and the Commission both said alcohol wasn’t involved in the freak incident.

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